Tax Credits Would Encourage Employers To Hire Unemployed, Disabled Veterans
COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Former U.S. Representative and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Boccieri (D-Alliance), Former Air Force Captain and State Representative Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) and Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Mark Caddo (Milford) held a press conference call in advance of a U.S. Senate vote the same day, urging immediate passage of the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits – two pieces of the President’s American Jobs Act – that would provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.
The veteran leaders praised President Barack Obama’s leadership on veterans issues and outlined how the initiatives contained in the veterans’ jobs package will lower veteran unemployment through increased hiring, improve resources for veterans to translate their military skills for the civilian workforce, and provide veterans with new tools to aid their search for jobs.
Please see below for statements from U.S. Representative and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Boccieri, Former Air Force Captain and State Representative Connie Pillich and Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Mark Caddo:
Former U.S. Representative and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel John Boccieri said, “More than one million veterans are unemployed today, and many post-9/11 veterans are coming home to industries that were hit the hardest by the Wall Street recession – industries like construction, manufacturing and transportation. Veterans shouldn’t have to fight for a job once they’ve come home and President Obama is committed to pressuring Congressional Republicans to put country before party and pass these tax credits. Ohio’s more than 913,000 veterans deserve the very best – they put their lives on the line so that you don’t have to – the least we can do is to be sure they are taken care of when they return home, something President Obama is committed to.”
Former Air Force Captain and State Representative Connie Pillich said, “President Obama’s Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors initiatives would provide businesses up to $9,600 in tax credits for hiring unemployed and disabled veterans. The president has shown great leadership in forging forward with other initiatives to train unemployed veterans and spouses, and help connect veterans with employers who want to hire them.”
Former Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Mark Caddo of Milford said, “Our veterans have made sacrifices – many times the ultimate sacrifice – to make sure that our country is safe. By focusing resources on their well-being when they return home, the Administration is making good on a promise to take care of our veterans after service. It’s the very least we can do. The President has shown great commitment to veterans in his first term –focused on solid opportunities for veterans, including challenging Community Health Centers to hire 8,000 veterans over the next three years, and he believes we need to support military medics who want to transition into jobs in the civilian health care system when they come home.”
President Barack Obama’s Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors initiatives would provide up to $9,600 in tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed or disabled veterans.
This week, President Barack Obama announced three programs that will help get veterans back to work: a Veterans Jobs Bank, Veterans Gold Card and an initiative called “My Next Move for Veterans.”
The Veterans Job Bank connects unemployed veterans to job openings with companies that want to hire them. The Veteran Gold Card provides post-9/11 veterans with extra support as they transition out of the military. My Next Move for Veterans is an easy-to-use online tool created by the Department of Labor that allows veterans to enter information about their experience and skills in the field, and match it with civilian careers that put that experience to use.
Visit www.whitehouse.gov/vets for more information about Obama Administration initiatives that affect veterans.